The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-07-21
ISBN 10: 1443461792
ISBN 13: 9781443461795
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pull of the Stars Book Review:

Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM. In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-07-23
ISBN 10: 1529046173
ISBN 13: 9781529046175
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pull of the Stars Book Review:

The old world dying on its feet, a new one struggling to be born . . . 'Stunning' -- Emily St. John Mandel 'A timely, exquisite and unputdownable reminder of love and compassion in the smallest room where women are giving birth and other women are dying and yet love - in all its joy and complexity - still finds a place' -- Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue tells an unforgettable and deeply moving story of love and loss. From the bestselling author of The Wonder and Room Guardian's 'Brilliant Books to Transport You This summer' Cosmopolitan's 'Best Books to Read this summer' Stylist's 'Best summer Reads

The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-07-21
ISBN 10: 0316499048
ISBN 13: 9780316499040
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pull of the Stars Book Review:

In Dublin, 1918, a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu is a small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love, in "Donoghue's best novel since Room" (Kirkus Reviews) In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders -- Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police , and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

Life Mask

Life Mask
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 669
Release: 2005-09-05
ISBN 10: 0547541465
ISBN 13: 9780547541464
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Mask Book Review:

The bestselling author of Slammerkin vividly brings to life the Beau Monde of late eighteenth-century England, turning the private drama of three celebrated Londoners into a robust, full-bodied portrait of a world on the brink of revolution. In a time of looming war, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones; and everyone wears a mask. Will Eliza Farren, England's leading comedic actress, gain entry to that elite circle that calls itself the World? Can Lord Derby, the inventor of the horse race that bears his name, endure public mockery of his long, unconsummated courtship of the actress? Will Anne Damer, a sculptor and rumored Sapphist, be the cause of Eliza's fall from grace?This is a remakable novel in the tradition of the very best historical fiction.

Frog Music

Frog Music
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2014-04-01
ISBN 10: 0316324663
ISBN 13: 9780316324663
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Frog Music Book Review:

From the author of the worldwide bestseller Room: "Her greatest achievement yet...Emma Donoghue shows more than range with FROG MUSIC--she shows genius." -- Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.

The Wonder

The Wonder
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-09-20
ISBN 10: 1443450049
ISBN 13: 9781443450041
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wonder Book Review:

A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in the next masterpiece from New York Times-bestselling author Emma Donoghue. A small village in 1850s rural Ireland is baffled by Anna O'Donnell's fast, which began as a self-inflicted and earnest expression of faith. After weeks of subsisting only on what she calls "manna from heaven," the story of the "miracle" has reached a fever pitch. Tourists flock in droves to the O'Donnell family's modest cabin hoping to witness, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud. As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in slow motion. A magnetic novel written with all the spare and propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, The Wonder works beautifully on many levels—a simple tale of two strangers who will transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.

Slammerkin

Slammerkin
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2002-05-01
ISBN 10: 0547443293
ISBN 13: 9780547443294
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slammerkin Book Review:

Slammerkin: A loose gown; a loose woman. Born to rough cloth in Hogarth's London, but longing for silk, Mary Saunders's eye for a shiny red ribbon leads her to prostitution at a young age. A dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth, and the position of household seamstress, the ordinary life of an ordinary girl with no expectations. But Mary has known freedom, and having never known love, it is freedom that motivates her. Mary asks herself if the prostitute who hires out her body is more or less free than the "honest woman" locked into marriage, or the servant who runs a household not her own? And is either as free as a man? Ultimately, Mary remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets: Never give up your liberty. Clothes make the woman. Clothes are the greatest lie ever told.

Akin

Akin
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN 10: 1443458953
ISBN 13: 9781443458955
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Akin Book Review:

In her first contemporary novel since Room, bestselling author Emma Donoghue returns with a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. The life of a retired New York professor is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera in the hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets. Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when he receives an unexpected request. A social worker is looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Although he has never met the boy, Noah is convinced to take Michael with him to France. Suffering from jet lag and culture shock, the odd couple argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip shows every sign of being a disaster. But Michael’s skill with tech and his sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past. Eventually they both come to understand that people of all eras run risks on behalf of their loved ones. In learning this they discover that they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick the threads of their painful stories and start to write a new one together.

Room

Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Oberon Books
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2017-05-07
ISBN 10: 178682177X
ISBN 13: 9781786821775
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Room Book Review:

‘I wait for his boots to drop. They fall on Floor, one thump, two thumps, that’s how I know he’s going to get into Bed with Ma now and make it squeak. I count the squeaks because I’m excellent at numbers. I have to count, I can’t lose count, if I lose count I don’t know what. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...’ Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her five-year-old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.

The Pull of the Moon

The Pull of the Moon
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 0099451743
ISBN 13: 9780099451747
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pull of the Moon Book Review:

"Dear Martin I'm sorry the note I left you was so abrupt. I just wanted you to know I was safe...I won't be backc for a while. I'm on a trip. I needed all of a suddden to go, without saying where, because I don't know where. I know this is not like me. I know that. But please believe me, I am safe and I am not crazy. I felt as though if I didn't do this I wouldn't be safe and I would be crazy... And can you belive this? I love you an" Sometimes you have to leave your life behind for a while to see it and really live freshly again. In this luminous, exquisitely written novel, a woman follows the pull of the moon to find her way home. Sometimes humerous, sometimes heartbreaking, always honest, The Pull of the Moon is a novel about the journey of one woman - and about the issues of the heart that transforms the lives of all women."

The Pull of the Ocean

The Pull of the Ocean
Author: Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Publsiher: Laurel Leaf
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2009-05
ISBN 10: 0385736665
ISBN 13: 9780385736664
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pull of the Ocean Book Review:

Loosely based on Charles Perrault's "Tom Thumb," seven brothers in modern-day France flee their poor parents' farm, led by the youngest who, although mute and unusually small, is exceptionally wise.

The Pull of Gravity

The Pull of Gravity
Author: Gae Polisner
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-05-10
ISBN 10: 9781429923156
ISBN 13: 1429923156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Pull of Gravity Book Review:

While Nick Gardner's family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot's final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot's father. There's just one problem: the Scoot's father walked out years ago and hasn't been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck's life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him. Characters you'll want to become friends with and a narrative voice that sparkles with wit make this a truly original coming-of-age story.

The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-03-28
ISBN 10: 1443445592
ISBN 13: 9781443445597
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lotterys Plus One Book Review:

Internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first children's book follows the domestic adventures of a large, rumbustious, multicultural family. The Lotterys, as they call themselves, are headed up by a lesbian couple and a gay couple who joined forces to create a family, won a lottery jackpot and moved into a Victorian Gothic mansion in Toronto, where their enormous brood is home-schooled. It all seems perfectly normal to nine-year-old Sumac until their hitherto obscure grandfather Grumps comes to stay, upending the Lotterys’ already chaotic family life.

Astray

Astray
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-10-30
ISBN 10: 0316206261
ISBN 13: 9780316206266
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Astray Book Review:

The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They are gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross other borders too: those of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress. With rich historical detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusetts to revolutionary New Jersey, antebellum Louisiana to the Toronto highway, lighting up four centuries of wanderings that have profound echoes in the present. Astray offers us a surprising and moving history for restless times.

The Book of Lost Names

The Book of Lost Names
Author: Kristin Harmel
Publsiher: Gallery Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2020-07-21
ISBN 10: 1982152362
ISBN 13: 9781982152369
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Lost Names Book Review:

Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the international bestselling author of the “epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale” (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemaker’s Wife. Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war? As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears. An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.

The Hollow Places

The Hollow Places
Author: T. Kingfisher
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN 10: 1534451145
ISBN 13: 9781534451148
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hollow Places Book Review:

A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the “innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling” (Mira Grant, Nebula Award–winning author) The Twisted Ones. Pray they are hungry. Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring this peculiar area—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more one fears them, the stronger they become. With her distinctive “delightfully fresh and subversive” (SF Bluestocking) prose and the strange, sinister wonder found in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hollow Places is another compelling and white-knuckled horror novel that you won’t be able to put down.

The Sealed Letter

The Sealed Letter
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2009-09-24
ISBN 10: 0547391579
ISBN 13: 9780547391571
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sealed Letter Book Review:

Miss Emily "Fido" Faithfull is a "woman of business" and a spinster pioneer in the British women’s movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of a once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen’s failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into an intriguing courtroom drama complete with accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life. Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian-style.

The Nothing Man

The Nothing Man
Author: Catherine Ryan Howard
Publsiher: Blackstone Publishing
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-08-04
ISBN 10: 1538519720
ISBN 13: 9781538519721
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nothing Man Book Review:

At the age of twelve, Eve Black was the only member of her family to survive an encounter with serial attacker the Nothing Man. Now an adult, she is obsessed with identifying the man who destroyed her life. Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle has just started reading The Nothing Man—the true-crime memoir Eve has written about her efforts to track down her family’s killer. As he turns each page, his rage grows. Because Jim’s not just interested in reading about the Nothing Man. He is the Nothing Man. Jim soon beings to realize how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth. He knows she won’t give up until she finds him. He has no choice but to stop her first ...

Alice Knott

Alice Knott
Author: Blake Butler
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-07-07
ISBN 10: 0525535233
ISBN 13: 9780525535232
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Alice Knott Book Review:

“A strange and beguiling masterpiece.” —Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine A hypnotic, wildly inventive novel about art, violence, and endurance Alice Knott lives alone, a reclusive heiress haunted by memories of her deceased parents and mysterious near-identical brother. Much of her family’s fortune has been spent on a world-class collection of artwork, which she stores in a vault in her lonely, cavernous house. One day, she awakens to find the artwork destroyed, the act of vandalism captured in a viral video that soon triggers a rash of copycat incidents. As more videos follow and the world’s most priceless works of art are destroyed one by one, Alice finds that she has become the chief suspect in an international conspiracy—even as her psyche becomes a shadowed landscape of childhood demons and cognitive disorder. Unsettling, almost physically immersive, Alice Knott is a virtuoso exploration of the meaning of art and the lasting afterlife of trauma, as well as a deeply humane portrait of a woman whose trials feel both apocalyptic and universal.

Landing

Landing
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publsiher: HMH
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2008-09-08
ISBN 10: 0547541252
ISBN 13: 9780547541259
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Landing Book Review:

An “engaging . . . entertaining journey,” Landing explores the pleasures and sorrows of long-distance love in the digital age (The New York Times Book Review). Síle is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who’s traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to Ireland, Ontario, the tiny town in which she was born and raised. When Jude meets Síle on her first transatlantic plane trip, the spark between them is instant. After a coffee shared at Heathrow Airport, both women return to their lives—but neither can forget their encounter. Over the next year, Jude and Síle connect through emails, phone calls, letters, and the occasional visit. But no matter how passionate, every long-distance relationship comes to a crossroads, because you can’t have a happily ever after when the one you love is a world apart . . . “[Donoghue] explores with a light, sure touch the subject of desire across distances of various kinds: generational, cultural, even spiritual.” —The New York Times Book Review “[A] charming tale.” —Kirkus Reviews